- Jun 30, 2020
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Just to add gas to the fire:That's a weak argument. I have 1 boot that is being remade because of a stitching defect and another that has no balance at all. I can't wear the same socks with the 2 1st Aves I have because they fit differently; let's see if the remake changes that. I only got the Landon because I was able to try them on in the store. If you're unable to notice the balance difference in these 2 trunk show offerings then I envy your ability to lie to yourself. Shame on me for expecting consistency. I will be checking out any other maker and won't be participating in further trunk shows.
1) Ordered green Higgins. Sent with wrong welt. I kept them.
2) Lining wasn’t stitched at ankle; sent back to AE. They opted to remake rather than repair (I wasn’t given a choice).
3) Below are the “replacements”—with a giant stripe across the front. My SA reached out to production and they said “that’s within limits.” SA was kind enough to refund my money.
If they were a few hundred bucks, I’d chalk them up to being my “wacky pair.” But for $725 pre-tax, it’s a no-go for me.
All the nay-sayers will piss and moan and call me fussy, but this is the same trajectory as other American brands before complete unraveling. (Not to mention the glut of non-domestic production. Yeah yeah yeah I know how businesses work.)
And, frankly, I’m sad. I LOVE the brand. It was such an aspirational shoe for me as a young man, but the price point can’t be justified anymore—unless there is some giant sale and we’re under $250.